Can you believe it is almost June! It is suddenly time to switch my closets and drawers over and here are a few a my favorite top picks from Shoedazzle.
To be on trend this season we will all NEED a cold shoulder top aka off shoulder top, gladiator sandals, a jumpsuit (could be shorts, mid length or maxi) and some great colors and prints. There is really so much more but this is a great start. AND please don’t shy away from a gladiator style sandal. You will not immediately turn into Russell Crowe if you slip your foot into one! Glads now come in so many different styles that there will def be one that fits your taste no matter what your style or calf width!
Shoedazzle has expanded so much that you can purchase a complete wardrobe right on their website. Most items are $40, some less, some a little more and always very awesome perks and sales! (see link below to save 75% off of your first purchase!!) Easy peasy, love it! Let me know what you love!
“The Roman Goddess of healing, Valentia, relied on nature’s gifts to heal the citizens of Umbria. Whether matriarchs seeking to maintain their youthful look or farmers seeking help for sun damaged skin, Valentia used berries, herbs, barks and other natural ingredients. We also rely on all natural ingredients due to their protective, preventative and corrective powers.”
Ya know, sometimes I hate to say I LOVE IT when reviewing products but I just cannot avoid it when telling you about Valentia’s newest product, Royal Rose Hydrating Serum. I have had to really think of how to describe how this product makes my skin feel and I am still trying to find the words other than totally freakin’ awesome! I really do love it.
Let’s get to the basics, their packaging is really nice, I hate to throw the boxes away! I keep my bottle on my night table so I remember to use it every night and it even looks nice there!
I am really sensitive to fragrances so when I read “rose” I was initially concerned about putting a scent on my face but no worries, it is very light. They use the Damask Rose which is a blast from my past days working with Betsey Johnson and her Damask Rose prints she came to be known for! It is very slight, pleasant scent.
I found that it was not like a typical serum that I think of as kind of liquidy and sometimes falls between your fingers before you can get it to your face. This product is much more creamy than that. It goes on smooth and absorbs right away. What you are left with is a smooth and sumptuous kind of feeling. When I say sumptuous I mean my skin feels very smooth and the wrinkles feel diminished. I don’t know how else to describe it! I find that even in the morning my skin has this wonderful kind of lush feeling, kind of like a baby’s skin. Does that make sense to you? LOL, I told you I was having trouble finding the words!
I actually have found myself during the day noticing that my skin feels different. I even was going to ask my hubby to feel it to see it he felt it too but I thought that may be going too far! But my point being is that it actually made my skin better, visibly and to the touch.
For someone with really sensitive skin and rosacea I am very cautious about what I put on my skin when using new products. I am really coming to trust Valentia. I really enjoy using their products and that is a great feeling. To make it even better they are a company run by woman, all natural and organic and cruelty free. Couldn’t be better!
Here is how the brand describes it…
Royal Rose Hydrating Serum – A lightweight serum that boosts moisture and resilience while soothing and calming the skin.
This Hydrating & Nourishing Serum Will:
– Deeply moisturize skin
– Provide antioxidant protection
– Soothe & nourish dry skin
– Smooth skin tone & texture
– Boost skin radiance
Specially selected ingredients work together to achieve optimum results.
– Rose Damascena: One of the most nourishing and skin friendly natural oils, providing balance, moisture, and a variety of vitamins and minerals to the skin.
– Niacinamide (Vitamin B): This potent vitamin has been clinically proven to fade away hyperpigmentation, sun spots, and acne..
– Rosehip Seed Oil: Naturally rich in Vitamins C & A, these essential fatty acids work quickly to lock in skin’s moisture.
– Evening Primrose Oil: Provides light, non-oily moisture to the skin, never clogging or irritating the skin.
– Bearberry: Reduces melanin production, thereby lightening the skin, revealing a brighter complexion.
– Lavender: Heals the skin, treating pimples, wounds, and sores.
Living in NY really is challenging on the skin. In the winter I would never leave the house without everything covered except my face. Why? Because people would think it odd if I were walking around with a mask on! So a girl’s gotta do something to preserve her youthful skin and I believe that comes with what products she uses. Same goes for summer and being at the beach as much as possible, it really does damage your skin no matter how much I don’t want to believe it. So all of that being said let’s get to the review of Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Creme …
The first time I ever heard of the brand was shortly after I had my first baby. Suddenly my skin was not what it was before and I was not happy with it. I was referred to a cosmetic dermatologist and after she examined my skin she recommended Neo Strata products. I feel they have kept my skin looking young and the proof is in what other people quite often guess my age to be! No, I am not telling, lol, but I am happy with the results! So when I was given the opportunity to review Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Creme I was very excited!
First impression, I was impressed with the size of the tube, pleased me very much! I opened it and smelled it, again happy, no strong fragrance. I DO NOT like putting fragrance on my face! I squeezed a little out and found a very creamy white product. I massaged a small amount onto my skin with makeup still on. It felt really great and more like a rich moisturizer than a cleanser. I rinsed off and make up came right off and my skin felt creamy and freshly moisturized, nice! I had a momentary concern that it would leave my skin feeling greasy like as if I had used a thick face cream but I did not experience that at all.
I love that it removes makeup, cleanses and purifies skin and has anti aging properties. I actually look forward to using it! I feel confident knowing that it is developed by Doctors and has been tested clinically . I have very sensitive skin and do not like to take chances with it. I have had too many bad reactions with other anti aging products that are just too harsh for my skin. I had been left with red, itching and burning skin with other products and am very cautious as that is NOT what I am looking for at all! If your skin is at all like mine I can tell say through experience that you will not be disappointed with this cleanser. This product just feels so creamy and rich and leaves my skin really soft and supple. I have been using for two weeks and can call myself a fan and customer! It really does what it claims to do. I would highly recommend it to anyone!
In addition, their website is very informative and easy to navigate. You can search for products by what your concerns are and they suggest products that are a good match. They also send free samples with orders and offer specials like free full size purchases with products.
Also VERY importantly is that there is …
No Animal Testing
“In addition, NeoStrata Company, Inc. does not conduct animal testing on its marketed skin care products including the NeoStrata® and Exuviance® brands. All routine product safety and claim support testing is carried out on human volunteers or using in vitro models. As with all global companies, an exception may have to be made if demanded by regulatory authorities for safety or regulatory purposes.”
Learn About the Brand from the brand…
“The science of skin transformation™
EXUVIANCE® is created by Drs. Van Scott and Yu, widely recognized as leaders in the field of cosmetic dermatology. They discovered the antiaging benefits of Glycolic Acid and created and patented the first Glycolic Peel. Since their ground-breaking discovery, the creators of Exuviance have continued to develop many new patented antiaging ingredients backed by evidence from numerous scientific and clinical studies. Recognized around the world, Exuviance formulas are expertly developed to visibly transform skin by combining their patented innovations with the best, state of the art technologies available in dermatology today.
Exuviance skin care is clinically proven to reduce lines and wrinkles, increase firmness, smooth texture and even skin tone with a patented bionic blend of highly evolved Polyhydroxy and Alpha Hydroxy acids. Discover dermatologist developed skin care that has perfected the science of skin transformation by delivering full-strength anti-aging benefits without irritation.”
Love this Valentia product right down to the packaging. It is a cream that you pump and a little bit goes a long way. It is not at all greasy and absorbs quickly. Your makeup goes over it effortlessly. After using it for two weeks I see an improvement in the fine lines around my eyes. I was not great about using it twice a day but still received awesome results.
TRUE GLOW EYE CREAM contains some very interesting ingredients:
– Astaxanthin: A powerful antioxidant that increases moisture levels, smooths fine line and wrinkles, and restores elasticity to the skin.
– Resistem: Natural Plant Stem Cells repair and protect the skin from harsh environmental pollutants and stress related aging.
– Vitamin C: Leaves the skin smooth and visibly brighter for a well-rested and bright eyed look.
– Organic Rosehip Oil: Provides intense hydration to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
– Arnica: A key anti-inflammatory agent to the restorative process that works to diminish the appearance of dark circles.
From the minute I received this Valentia product I thought it would be a winner! Once I tried it I knew it was! I love the packaging almost as much as the product! Everything about this mask is luxurious. I was totally amused when I opened the jar and saw a golden-colored, thick, rich cream that jiggled like jello! I am super sensitive to fragrances and this was not an issue. My skin is very sensitive and irritates easily which also was not a problem. When I applied this gel it felt great and soothing. I loved that it differed from other masks in that you don’t have to wait until it dries and cracks nor do you have to peel it off your skin. When I Rinsed it off my skin was smooth, plumped and hydrated just as promised. I think I have finally found my face mask!!
ULTRA PLUMPING HYDRATION MASK
– Silk Protein Amino Acid Blend:These natural miracles increase moisture content and help in the production of collagen and elastin which decreases the appearance of visible lines.
– Botanical Hyaluronic Acid:Penetrates deep into the skin to secure moisture and plump skin from within.
– Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil:An anti-aging wonder berry that results in fewer fine lines, diminished sun spots, more even skin tone, and firmer more supple skin.
– Japanese Green Tea:Contains catechins that provide anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and anti-irritant effects to the skin.
– Aloe Vera:This botanical moisturizers skin and fight aging by improving skin firmness.
My friend was shopping on-line in my Zindigo Shop this morning and she totally inspired me to check out all of the chunky necklaces that are new for Spring 2016! (Thank You Yvette xoxoxo) I found so many I loved that I just had to share! It is a refreshing change from the last few years wearing long necklaces.
You see, the thing about a statement necklace is that you can take a solid white or black outfit and punch it up to the next level by adding one! The combinations are endless, your same outfit could look new everyday! Do you have a favorite? Let me know. You can look at all of them here. If you need any advice, hit me up! I’d love to help you out. xo robin xo #rockinrobin
I was thrilled that I was able to attend many Art Hearts Fashion Shows during #NYFW2016. Below are a few highlights and some of my favorite moments.
Marina Micanovic / Zvonko Markovic / Bata Spasojevic FW/16 Best of Serbia Fashion Week
(NewYork, NY) Art Hearts Fashion welcomes the best of Serbia Fashion Week to New York Fashion Week. Designers Marina Micanovic, Zvonko Markovic Couture, and Bata Spasojevic showcased wonderful collections with European flair. Marina Micanovic opened the day with the collection “Rhythm of Asymmetric”. Recognizable cuts, unusual forms, and an abundance of unique handicraft details are her personal identity in design. The artistic and innovative approach to fashion combines elements of baroque and punk with clean lines.
Designer Zvonko Markovic Couture, a couturier from Belgrade, Serbia presented a stunning collection defined by a true sense of sensuality and a certain femininity. Zvonko recently presented at Paris Couture week and is the only Serbian designer to reach such prestigious accreditation.
Designer Bata Spasojevic closed the show with “HARD ANGEL” a collection for men and women. Inspired by a mix of styles, including punk rock, rock ‘n’ roll and futurism, the form and construction of the clothes showcases asymmetry and sculpted design.
Through our partnership with Serbia Fashion Week we have connected designers from accross the world to showcase as part of the official fashion week calendar in New York, Los Angeles and Miami.
About Serbia Fashion Week. *Serbia Fashion Week is a long-term project that works to create economic development and opportunities for the next generation of Serbian fashion, accessories and textiles designers as Serbia prepares for integration into the European Union. Like the other major fashion weeks in New York City, Paris, London and Milan, the Serbia Fashion Week is organized twice a year with both Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter editions and has grown to become the largest fashion week in Eastern Europe.
A very special thanks to our partners and sponsors: Presenting Sponor AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Official Media Partner The Fashion Social Network, Make A Wish, Privé, Vektor Vodka, Monster Energy, Illy Issimo, SoyJoy, Luna Bar, Kristina George Handbags, The Angel Orensanz Foundation, Carat23, Monticristi, Scruples, and Makeup-Pro.
7Crash / House of Byfield / Mimi Tran FW/16 Womens Runway
(New York, New York)— Art Hearts Fashion designers rock fashion week at Angel Oresanz.
7Crash opened the 7pm showcase with their ready-to-wear collection evoking the great vitality in nature. Through the illustrations, the rose collection demonstrates the joy of children and the romantic visual senses.
House of Byfield debuted the “Safari” collection. The theme of the collection was inspired by a 2012 trip to West Africa (Gabon). Deep hues of terra cotta and African Red were set off with zipper detailing in the tailored suiting of the collection for men and women.
Designer Mimi Tran channeled 1920s Paris with a black palette of intricate beading, lace, lattice work and gold accents accentuating the natural beauty of the feminine form.
A very special thanks to our partners and sponsors: Presenting Sponsor AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Official Media Partner The Fashion Social Network, Make A Wish, Privé, Vektor Vodka, Monster Energy, Illy Issimo, SoyJoy, Luna Bar, Kristina George Handbags, The Angel Orensanz Foundation, Carat23, Monticristi, Scruples, and Makeup-Pro
Hallie Sara / Mister Triple X / Altaf Maaneshia / Rocky Gathercole FW/16 Fashion Show
Trailblazing Fashion Platform Art Hearts Fashion Wraps Finale Day at NYFW
(New York, New York)— Fashion platform Art Hearts Fashion’s finale showcase brought couture, streetwear and ready-to-wear to the runway, saying goodbye to NYFW after three days of innovative and inspired collections. Celebrities came out to enjoy Art Hearts Fashion Week including: Jason Derulo, Daphne Joy, Scout Willis, Jessica Pimentel, Olivia Pierson, Natalie Halcro, WAGS E! Reality Show stars Natalie Halcro, Tia Shipman and Olivia Pierson, Stars of VH1’s Twinning Shawn and Claire Buitendorp, DJ Mayer Hawthorne, Brandon Cole Bailey, Justin Jedlica, Madeline Stuart, Tim Williams, and many more. NFL Player Rodney Mcleod walked in the shows as did Brittany Fogarty of VH1’s Mob Wives, Transgender Super Models Carmen Carrera and Yasmine Petty. With over 30 designers at NYFW and shows in Los Angeles and Miami, Art Hearts Fashion has grown to become the largest bi-coastal fashion platform in the United States and the second largest platform at New York Fashion Week second only to IMG The Shows.
Luxury designer Hallie Sara opened the 9PM show with a sleek and elegant collection. Fine furs, leathers, satins and silks made their way down the runway in the collection full of Parisian edge.
Mister Triple X by Art Hearts Fashion Founder Erik Rosete opened the finale showcase with the “CreationX” collection, the first chapter of the fashion narrative after “One Rose”. The collection features Adam and Eve printed jackets, camo pants, and the signature metallic silhouettes that set Mister Triple X apart as one of the names to be reckoned with in the fashion industry. NFL Player Rodney Mcleod walked the runway looking chic in the designs.
Altaf Maaneshia debuted his latest collection, “Magic of Woman”. The collection embodies power and confidence with trendy, structured designs, chic silhouettes, narrow waists and high shoulders.
The evening’s finale designer Rocky Gathercole, closed Art Hearts Fashion with a spectacular showcase of provocative and avant garde pieces as only the talented designer could. Gold embellished bodysuits, metallic corsets, and impeccable fringe details made their way down the runway to a mesmerized audience.
Rebecca Minkoff rocked the runway on Saturday February 13, 2016. She came up with a great new concept she called #SeeBuyWear where you can actually shop for what you love straight from the runway. The show was cast on the walls of her Soho Store where you could shop as you sipped champagne and watch the runway. I had wondered about the lifespan of fringe and I can tell you it is here to stay at least for another season’ YAY! I got a little obsessed with all of it as you will see in my photos. The colors were really vibrant and fun. One of my favorite pieces was a lavender moto jacket that I MUST have!
After the show Rebecca Minkoff had a meet and greet in her shop. It was a thrill to meet someone who I admire so much. She was very sweet and signed my wallet too. I will treasure it forever! Enough talk, here are some awesome shots of a few of my favorite moments and pieces.